Back in July, Iran tested a new class of missiles including the Shahab-3 which Tehran maintains is able to hit targets up to 1,250 miles away from its firing position. Parts of western Iran are within 650 miles of Israel.
News media produced a wide range of maps for this event. A good map needs to:
- show the range contour, with Israel in the hit area
- accurately preserve distances (scale) on a
- projected base map (centered on Iran) and
- show an organic distance contour based on the outline of the country (not concentric circles out from a single point from within Iran).
Most of the maps below get the basic facts right (the range and what countries (eg: Israel) are within reach). Some maps presented these basic facts better than others.
New York Times — Not an optimal projection.
BBC – Winner for smallest map.
Wall Street Journal – Only one missile launch site in Iran?
Global Security – Good context of other rocket types. More of a data exploration map than presentation.